Reviews of Tafika
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High standards of service and guiding.
Owners Carol and John have a real hands on approach and expect a high standard from their staff. They get it. Service was excellent and with a friendly, relaxed and personal approach. Food was very good and rooms were well equipped. No electricity means no fans and in temperatures of 35 degrees sleeping was occasionally a problem. The wet sarongs were an essential piece of equipment!
Our guide, Lloyd was excellent - quiet and unassuming but very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. His knowledge of animal behaviour resulted in lots of wonderful sightings.
The position of the lodge outside the park meant that each trip began with a 15 minute drive to the gate at the beginning and end of each game drive and this becomes a bit repetitive after a while.
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A wonderful safari experience at Tafika
A perfect stay at a camp that seemed to capture the spirit of a safari.
Huts were superb, we loved the rustic feel of them. Guiding was first class and we saw everything we had hoped for and a lot more - 19 wild dogs.
We would recommend Tafika without hesitation and hope to return sometime.
Great family run camp with top class guiding
The 'centre' of Remote Africa this is an excellent camp run by very friendly and massively experienced staff. A mix of walking and driving safaris provided a huge range of experiences.
Maruska recommended this camp to us as she knew we really enjoyed family run camps from past safaris. Remote Africa really delivered at Tafika, Chikoko and Crocodile camps. The owners are all over the operations and the whole staff feel part of the one family. We met many guests who returned over many years.
Carol, Bryan, Rona and Heather run the camp like clockwork whilst always being around and very friendly. We had great drives with Bryan and Jenny. And walking with Alex and old hand Isaac was fabulous. We won't forget walking through the long grass searching for the growling lions around their buffalo kill.
Bryan excelled by finding wild dogs for us one night just before the ever necessary gin and tonic for sundown!
A return is essential!
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Excellent but different
Owners sharing meals with you made you feel you were a guest in their home but we felt there was a difference in attitude of camp staff, who seemed quite reserved. However our guides were excellent and Mcupe, again was very patient with our never ending requests to stop to photograph another roller .|Visit ti the village was enlightening.
Such a shame the micro light was not in operation ( could you have warned us about this,, as we had converted currency). Walks were not offered as a guide was ill either.
Food was excellent and varied especially the salads which came from there own garden, which was great to visit too. We also valued the hide.
Tafika is one of our most favourite camps
It may not be as luxurious as some but does give a real taste of Africa and was our favourite in Zambia when we visited 6 years ago.
It is the only camp we have now stayed at twice and it is still our favourite. The owners are very friendly and love talking to all the guests as are all the rest of the staff. The food is wonderful and the guides are one of the best we have ever had in all the African countries we have visited.
I always do and still will highly recommend Tafika.
Return to Tafika
Returning to Tafika after the bush camps and the welcome received made us feel at home.
Had requested a visit to the school to give some equipment and were treated to singing, dancing and poems. Although the school was on holiday teachers and pupils came in for us.Pleased we could help in some way. Continued visit it to village to learn more of their customs. A very worthwhile and humbling experience.
More birthday celebrations, cake and singing.
Excellent game drives and walking safari.
Fantastic safari at Tafika
Beautiful location, made very welcome on our arrival and got to meet 'family ' and staff. Excellent accommodation spacious and clean. You get used to the friendly frogs. Was concerned about insect bites but mosquito nets are very effective.
Being our first safari we were amazed at the number and variety of animals and birds that we saw. The observation skills and knowledge of all the guides is excellent.
Food is excellent, with very innovative vegetarian dishes. Toured the vegetable garden, interesting how they cope with watering, heat and monkeys.
Enjoyed the mountain bike ride with John, you need to be a reasonable cyclist.
Great camp well run by John & Carol and because of its 'wildness' we found much more enjoyable than the busy Mfuwe area.
Micro lighting was a repeat bonus for Valerie & I although we must comment on sparseness of the wildlife compared with ten years ago. Excellent hosts and a credit to the Park